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"Composing for Improvisers: Spectral Harmony, Rhythmic Thresholds, and Jazz" — Brownbag lunch with jazz artist Steve Lehman, co-hosted by the Walker Art Center

• May 5, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm
• Skyline Room, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin, Mpls., MN 55403
• Presented in partnership with the American Composers Forum
• Free event, all welcome. Bring your own lunch; drinks and cookies provided.
• RSVP to 651.251.2842 or kkautzman@composersforum.org, thanks!

You are invited to bring a lunch (or purchase one at the Walker’s Gather Restaurant) and hear one of today’s top artists – saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman – informally discuss his recent music and the concepts behind it.

Described as “one of the transforming figures of early 21st-century jazz” by the Guardian, Steve Lehman is a composer and performer who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, Lehman has performed nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and Meshell Ndegeocello, among many others. His most recent recording, "Mise en Abime" was cited as the #1 Jazz CD of 2014 by NPR Music, The Los Angeles Times, and eMusic.

Lehman has published writings and presented lectures on a wide range of topics, including jazz pedagogy, rhythm cognition, and European notions of American experimentalism. His current scholarship, including a contribution to Arcana VI (Hips Road/Tzadik) and his recent doctoral dissertation, examines the overlapping histories of spectral music and jazz improvisation.

Lehman’s pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the JACK Quartet, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the Talea Ensemble.

His recent electro-acoustic music has focused on the development of computer-driven models for improvisation, based in the Max/MSP programming environment.

If you can't make this lunch conversation, you'll still have two other opportunities to hear & connect with Steve. At 6pm that same night you can catch Steve and HPrizm on a free walking tour of their favorite pieces in the Walker galleries, followed by a live performance.

With thanks to our partners at the Walker, ACF Members can also receive a discount to the Steve Lehman Octet concert at 8pm on May 7th.
http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2016/steve-lehman-octet
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